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Software Developer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

So much freedom, I could read whatever code I wanted.

What I wish was different

My project didn't align well with my skills and interest but luckily I had the freedom to implement my own features

Advice

READ CODE. Honestly, your intern project probably won't mean too much. If you really want to get into SWE, read your teams code base, see how they manage their dependencies, and get exposed to their testing.
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Amazon Fulfillment Associate

May 2018 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

The schedule

What I wish was different

The hiring process time. Took a full month from when I apply to start date

Advice

Find comfortable shoes
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Software Developer Intern

June - September 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Interning in a new city

What I wish was different

More meaningful work

Advice

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IT Support Specialist

May - August 2018 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

I loved the culture at Amazon! The managers always had a great attitude and always promoted employee growth. One thing that was really unique was that before every shift, managers recognized employee accomplishments and growth to the entire staff. I found this really heart-warming and encouraging.

What I wish was different

Nothing. Amazon was truly amazing and lived up to the expectation I had about a revolutionary company.

Advice

Make connections! No matter where you work or what you do, establish positive relationships with everyone you work with because you never know how, later down the road, one of those people could help you further your success.
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Operations Financial Analyst Intern

May - August 2018 • Hebron, KY

What I liked

The fast paced environment surrounded by professionals who were motivated and constantly working. Amazon provides an environment to learn a lot of information and take advantage of available resources to improve yourself.

What I wish was different

I wish that there had been other interns, or people my age at my site so that way I could go through the same experience with another.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions, spend all of the time you can on your project and think logically about your deliverables.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I was placed on a very important team with a fulfilling project. My team members were incredibly intelligent while also very helpful and nice. Amazon's internship program is very streamlined and fleshed-out so I was able to contribute and make a measurable impact while I was there. I was paid a very nice salary and learned more in a span of three months than I had my entire time at school. I did receive a return offer, so I feel relieved knowing I have a full-time position waiting for me after graduation.

What I wish was different

I really disliked Seattle compared to Pittsburgh. I loved working at Amazon, but I hated living in Seattle.

Advice

Internships are basically 3 month interviews, so treat it as such. The computer science field is extremely competitive, and will grow exponentially so as more people join the major. Going from internship to return offer at a big company is probably the most greased path to follow. Software (e.g. Leetcode) interviews are difficult and get harder when you interview for full-time positions (in general 2-3 rounds vs 5-6). I found it much easier to perform on the job since the skill set required is very different from what you need to learn to interview well. Being able to go through your last year/semester with a job offer in your pocket is also a huge plus in job security and as leverage for competing offers.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Interesting problems and was able to understand how Amazon dealt with developing SAAS products at scale. Engineers were smart and very helpful, management was strong (although this was team specific).

What I wish was different

Less corporate was really the biggest concern.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and also take time to learn about what the other engineers are working on - really try to take every opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the team. If you have the hustle, I'd probably recommend reaching out to senior leadership to ask questions/connect.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Work was really exciting and my project had impact

What I wish was different

I wish I could have learned more about the rest of Amazon

Advice

Go to all the tech talks!
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SDE Intern

June - September 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

It is exciting to working in a company that is rapidly growing and expanding in as many directions as Amazon. It is growing at an extremely fast pace, and this is noticeable every day of work. Lots of cool intern events, generous benefits and salary, Seattle is an awesome city.

What I wish was different

Personally my project was very vague and open-ended. Thus I spent much of my internship doing research, trouble-shooting, and learning how Amazon's internal tools and systems worked. The larger part of my project was the design rather than actual lines of code.

Advice

Apply early to get on a team you are interested in. Take advantage of events, for both interns and Amazon employees. Get to know your team well and extract every piece of advice/knowledge you can from your fellow engineers.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The amount of responsibility and ownership I was given over projects was nice.

What I wish was different

More perks (something more comparable to what interns get at other major tech giants).

Advice

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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Being a member of a team!

What I wish was different

More face-to-face time with my customers and business partners.

Advice

Push yourself to do as much as possible, above and beyond your expectations for the role! Set up coffee chats with people who are in positions you would like to reach in the future. Go to every networking event and speaker event.
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Sortation Associate

June - September 2018 • Irvine, CA

What I liked

Weekly pay

What I wish was different

Work environment

Advice

Drink a lot of water
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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I liked the fast pace and having a lot of responsibility. Made the summer go by faster and I learned a lot of valuable skills.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have done more stuff that involved my knowledge in information systems.

Advice

Try to get the most out of the experience. Go to random events that the company puts on so you're learning new things throughout the entire internship.
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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2018 • Louisville, KY

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish we focused a little more on day to day activities rather than just a large project

Advice

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Business Analyst Intern

May - August 2018 • São Paulo, São Paulo

What I liked

I liked working in a very fast-paced company where the interns do real work; I was in charge of analyzing results from a confidential project as well as making recommendations to C-level executives on possible next steps. It felt great to be taken seriously and to have people around me who genuinely wanted me to learn.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed a little longer to see the project to completion.

Advice

A piece of advice is to always do everything to your best capacity; when I first started at Amazon I had no idea how much weight they would give to my input and my analyses, so if I hadn't done my best since the beginning higher-level employees might have taken action based on a job not well-done.
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Loss Prevention Intern

June - August 2018 • Monee, IL

What I liked

I enjoyed being constantly challenged by the job and feeling like I was playing an important role at my facility. My coworkers were incredibly welcoming and made me feel like a part of the team despite my short 10 week stay there.

What I wish was different

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Software Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved how incredibly knowledgeable every engineer on my team was, and how eager they were to help me whenever I needed it. Also, living with over a thousand other interns in the heart of Seattle was the experience of a lifetime!

What I wish was different

I would have appreciated more structured activities with your team to get to know them better.

Advice

You'll have to learn a lot in a fairly short period of time to be successful. So be excited about learning and embrace any opportunity to do so since everything you learn will be useful for your career.
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Fufillment Center Associate

June - August 2018 • Hebron, KY

What I liked

I liked how the daily tasks refined my work ethic. I learned how to make important decisions under pressure. I also liked how welcoming the Amazon team is. The environment is fun and you get to make history everyday!

What I wish was different

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Software Development Engineer Intern

May - July 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

My team at Amazon had a very relaxed environment, and I have the chance to work on interesting problems. I had very smart and helpful coworkers who helped me throughout my internship. I was given the opportunity to learn and grow.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Seasonal Associate

July - August 2018 • San Leandro, CA

What I liked

Very welcoming co workers and easy training

What I wish was different

More regulation

Advice

If you like repetitive, predictable work then this is a good job for you to make easy money
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